It may be too soon to write brick-and-mortar's obituary, but it's not looking good. There's been a flood of store closings already this year, and more will likely be coming as online retailers like Amazon.com take over the retail market. Here are some of the chains closing locations in 2014:
Aeropostale -- The troubled clothing retailer is picking up its pace of store closings, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Company officials announced late Wednesday that it plans to close 75 of its stores in its fiscal fourth quarter, which runs from November through January.
Staples -- The largest U.S. office supply chain revealed plans in mid-November to shut an additional 30 stores this year, accelerating its ongoing efforts to slash costs. These store closures would be in addition to the 140 already announced.
Coach -- The upscale handbag retailer is closing 70 stores over the next year amid a bleak outlook for business. That's about one of every eight North American retail locations it operates.
Office Depot -- The office supply retailer announced plans in May to close at least 400 stores in the United States over two years. The closures are part of the company's plan to cut costs and consolidate operations after its acquisition of OfficeMax in November.
Family Dollar -- The dollar store company said in April it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. It also plans to cut prices on about 1,000 basic items.
Radio Shack -- Electronics retailer Radio Shack announced plans to close as many as 1,100 stores -- or nearly 20 percent of its locations -- but decided on 200 per year after being unable to reach an agreement with its lenders.
Macy's Inc. -- The retail giant is doing relatively well this year, but still announced the closure of five of its stores as part of a cost-cutting effort.
Sears -- Sears Holdings Corp. is closing its flagship Chicago store and is expected to shutter hundreds of other Sears locations.
Kmart -- Sears Holdings is also expected to shutter some Kmart locations soon, too.
J.C. Penney -- The troubled retailer has announced plans to close 33 locations this year.
Men's Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank -- No announcements yet, but there is a possible tie-up between Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank that will also probably lead to store closings sometime this year.
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